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  • OS OK's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    dtknowles... They told me to do a series of 2-shot groups at 50 yards at various equally spaced settings on the tuner and look for groups that were close to or touching each other horizontally. That, that would be a good indicator of being close to...
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    Yesterday, 06:19 PM
    Weather permitted . . . with a caveat. Had to deal with another gusty day. It wasn't so bad though, the gusts were of short duration, gave me lots of time to get shots off without being rushed. I could hear the gusts coming in the tree tops before...
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    Thank you. No I haven't, I did think about it but thought I was probably cutting myself short...sorta like buying a new car and telling them to leave off the cruse control.
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  • Conditor22's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    Is your handle hinge bolt tooo tight or need a little lube?
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    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Each gun has its own preference. My Ruger likes .3565 but my European 9mm's need .359 and .360 for best accuracy.
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    Yesterday, 01:49 PM
    At least not the cavities. IF you don't regularly lube the sprue plate pivot screw, the alignment pins, and the top of the mold and bottom of the sprue plate you could wear out these areas. NEVER overtighten the sprue plate hinge screw (the sprue...
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  • Conditor22's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    Testing hardness with pencils is an easy/economical process http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?378866-Lead-hardness-pencil-testing-trick.
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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Thank you dverna... for this detailed information. Regarding: (A) Until now, the only way I can relate to these harmonics (which I think may be more complex) is to look back at my education in electronics I received in the USMC via the Navy. I...
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    Yesterday, 10:42 AM
    Thank you Forrest r.... for this detailed information, regarding: (A) When I was remodeling this rifle to fit me, I rolled her over and checked the take-down screws for tightness, just checked by hand although I do have a 1/4"-inch/pounds torque...
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    Yesterday, 07:30 AM
    tazman... Your up early today! You can burn through all your available ammo searching for that magic single setting and have to do it all again with the next batch of ammo. Never ending cycle of frustration. I agree but so far it's been very...
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    Yesterday, 06:36 AM
    tazman... I have but it's so much closer in and touching the 1" circle 3 to 5:00. I'm not seeing a pattern like the MKII, that rifle sorta walked in to the POA using most of the 5 warmer-shots to get there. This CZ needs only one shot and hones...
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  • Conditor22's Avatar
    02-28-2021, 09:35 PM
    Welcome to cast boolits Spin Drifter #2 (15 bhn) is really hard for 357 I use 10 bhn. A harder boolit won't obturate (expand) very well to fill the bore do your .357 sized boolits slide easily through your cylinder throats? then you may need...
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    02-28-2021, 07:39 PM
    I did what I could to help the horizontal spread today with that tether I mentioned above. However with today's testing I did see some vertical stringing too. Today's testing... was suggested by Harry Tobin... He suggested shooting the whole...
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    02-28-2021, 07:15 PM
    I was thinking about your comment this morning when I set up. I took a crank-strap and tethered the table to my little trailer I use for a carry cart. The table legs are dug into the ground to level it so it resist sliding sideways and that tether...
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    02-28-2021, 07:09 PM
    Forrest r... I'll do my best to answer... ---What is the bbl's length on your cz? > It is 22.75" ---Did you test your ammo without the tuner adjusting the hold down screws torque lighter/heavier to find what torques shot the best groups? > No...
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    02-28-2021, 06:31 PM
    food for thought :) Not everything is equal in powder coating. Powder Coating creates a Polymer coating/shell around the cast boolit .....a) it helps protect the boolit from the barrel .....b) it works as a lubricant between the boolit and the...
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    02-28-2021, 03:54 PM
    https://www.prismaticpowders.com/learn/57/6-risky-powder-coating-habits-to-avoid 5. RELYING EXCLUSIVELY ON ACETONEConsider using a solvent other than acetone for degreasing and prepping parts. Acetone can absorb moisture from the air which can...
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    02-28-2021, 03:41 PM
    I always cast onto a clean (cotton) towel, and if I'm not coating the boolits right away I put them in plastic zipper bags using https://www.amazon.com/Skimmer-Spoon-Strainer-Ladle-13/dp/B01E8TTX6U I try not to touch them barehanded to eliminate...
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  • OS OK's Avatar
    02-28-2021, 01:12 PM
    I think you are right. That folding table does a much better job of serving up a plate of food than it does a shooting platform. I fully intend to build a proper bench but haven't started on it yet since I need it to be transportable to longer...
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    02-28-2021, 12:33 PM
    Good to hear. I hope those people with inflated prices didn't make table fees with their sales. They are the ones hitting the big retail store when shipments come in and buying up all the primers and powder before we can get some. ...
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    02-28-2021, 12:22 PM
    For the first go-around with PC, they look great. For doing 2 coats with PC they recommend only baking the first coat until the powder flows, pull the boolits out, and when they are cool enough to touch bare-handed do the second coat then bake...
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  • Conditor22's Avatar
    02-28-2021, 11:35 AM
    Lee had a bad batch of drums (the black conical powder dropper) that they recalled and replaced because they were out of round-- look to see if yours have sanding lines on them. Contact Lee and if yours was from that time period they will send you a...
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  • OS OK's Avatar
    02-27-2021, 10:49 PM
    Not much to report today ... it was one of those days I guess that I wasn't holding my mouth just right ... :bigsmyl2:
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    02-27-2021, 10:39 PM
    That Theory... I have been mulling over these past few days is this... Can we have some idea of where our barrel physically is during the time the harmonics are working their magic just as the round clears the muzzle? Could that pair of holes in...
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    02-27-2021, 09:12 PM
    I mark the hopper so I can easily see if it's on or off with a silver felt marker.
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    02-27-2021, 08:27 PM
    Do you need GC for this?
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  • Conditor22's Avatar
    02-27-2021, 08:13 PM
    I ended up casting all mine into .5 oz boolits --great booth for alloying and sweetening the pot.
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    02-27-2021, 03:58 PM
    What is the boolit size before PCing?? it sounds like your putting a really thick coat of PC on them. lee sizing dies screw down from the top so you can "cam-over" the press and get extra pressure where the NOE screw up from the bottom...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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